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John Gordon Mein

American diplomat

Died when: 54 years 353 days (659 months)
Star Sign: Virgo

 

John Gordon Mein

John Gordon Mein (September 10, 1913 – August 28, 1968) was the first United States ambassador to be assassinated while serving in office.Mein served as the United States Ambassador to Guatemala during the Guatemalan Civil War.

He was shot by rebels belonging to the Rebel Armed Forces (FAR) one block from the U.S. consulate on Avenida Reforma in Guatemala City on August 28, 1968.

U.S. officials believed that FAR intended to kidnap him in order to negotiate an exchange, but instead they shot him when he attempted to escape.

The rebels had killed two U.S. military aides prior to the assassination of Mein.He is buried at Rock Creek Cemetery, in Washington, D.C.


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